Friday, March 9, 2012

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman

Very interesting life of Ehrich Weiss AKA Harry Houdini, was a very interesting figure.  This book discussed the meagre upbringing of Houdini and how he was able to turn a childhood passion of magic to a brilliant career. During his zenith, he was very wealthy man.  It also delved into the dispute with the spiritualists and how eventually lead him to his downfall.  This was an interesting book.  I was not sure if I would like this book, but I enjoy biographies.  I enjoy story of resilience where people overcome the odds.  This book delivers on that.  

Houdini died on Halloween from a ruptured appendix caused by a surprise punch to the stomach. It is believed that this was done on purpose because of his disdain for the spiritualist movement.  Ironically, the suspected person that ordered the hit was none other than Sr. Arthur Connon Doyle.  His wife was one of the most well-known Spiritualist and the target of Harry Houdini. 

Hardcover: 608 pages
Publisher: Atria; 1st Atria Books edition (October 31, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743272072
ISBN-13: 978-0743272070

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